How to order concert ticketsTickets for the André Rieu Vrijthof concerts can be ordered on the official André Rieu website (https://www.andrerieu.com/nl/tour), scroll down to July 2018, and the website of the Maastricht tourist information (www.visitmaastricht.com). You can also mail them: firstname.lastname@example.org. Do NOT purchase tickets from any other ticket vendor, typically you pay far too much and those tickets are not guaranteed!Prices of the tickets:Premium (A2) € 109, Rank 1 (A1 and A3) € 95, Rank 2 (B2) € 85,Rank 3 (B1, B3, C2) € 69, Rank 4 (C1 and C3) € 59.Additional service costs: € 3,50 and payment costs € 5,31,makes a total of € 8,81.
Valuable hints to buy concert tickets for Maastricht.By Margaret Sansom (Australia). As soon as a concert is official you will find it in the agenda on the website. https://www.andrerieu.com/nl/tour. The agenda is updated regularly with new concerts.1.Contact your financial institution to let them know you will be making large overseas transactions.Possibly multiple transactions if you are buying tickets for more than 1 concert.2.Pre-register with Paypal3.Have your credit card ready.4.If you have purchased tickets previously check your Paylogic account. Paylogic is the official AR ticket seller. https://customerservice.paylogic.comIt’s may also be helpful to read these sections at https://customerservice.paylogic.com/hc/en-usIf you are purchasing for the first time then you will register during the ticket purchase process so have your financial details ready beforehand.5.As a gold member, you will receive your pre-sale email in time for the Gold Member pre-sale.6.I used the link from that email rather than go through the AR website.7.“Copy and paste” your code from the email. This saves confusion with letters and numbers. 8.Purchase your tickets. You may need to use a number of ways of paying so that is why it is good to be already registered and prepared for that possibility.9.Print off your tickets and keep them in a safe place.If you have a problem contact Paylogic https://customerservice.paylogic.com/Phone +31 20 7009802Then if necessary contact the AR Helpdesk http://www.andrerieu.com/en/webshop/helpdeskIf you try to buy tickets, and then try again for the same concert, you will be “locked out” for 20 minutes.Be aware that tickets do sell very quickly.Don’t panic that tickets for only 1 weekend at a time may be released.If you want to buy tickets including accommodation; click on the button "travel" on André’s website. https://www.andrerieu.com/en/travel then select the Maastricht section.If you purchase tickets and then are unable to use them, try selling them on Ruud and Ineke’s site http://www.andrerieumovies.com/ticket_mediation.htmRegarding accommodation I suggest using http://www.booking.com with a “free cancellation” option.And don’t forget http://www.andrerieumovies.comGood luck.Thank you Margaret, this is very helpful.
Useful concert tips for Maastricht•Take your ticket(s)•A bottle of water •Camera, spare batteries and memory•Be aware that holding up iPADS/tablets is annoying for the people behind you.•A lanyard from André's boutique is very handy for your phone/camera•Scarves, banners, flags, glow lights•Some fans like to wear a red rose to show that you know the Harmony parlor•Wear pants with pockets, deep pockets.•Money to buy a program or souvenirs. Buy them early because they might sell out.•Have a good meal at lunch and a snack at dinner time•Go to the toilet before the concert - you don't want to line up at interval and return too late! You’ll be André’s target on the big screens! •Get to the venue early. Go inside the venue as early as you can. You never know who or what you might see! André and JSO are on the steps of the Theatre half an hour prior to the start of the concert•Stay for ALL the encores•Stay around after the concert! You never know what might happen!•Wear comfortable shoes, warm clothes•Bring an emergency poncho in case it might rain (André gives them on the seats).•A small backpack rather than a handbag, because you need both arms for clapping, swaying etc. •You need somewhere to put your purchases.
Maastricht Anthem.At every Maastricht concert André plays the Maastricht anthem. Be sure you can sing along with the Maastricht residents!
Rules for the terrace dinner arrangements.During the concert days, all people on the Vrijthof square are requested to leave the square by no later than 5.30 PM (17.30 h). Then all entrances to the square will be fenced off. For those who have purchased dinner arrangements with one of the Vrijthof restaurants, it goes without saying to be sure to have your dinner tickets with you.People with dinner tickets are welcome to enter the square again, starting at 6.30 PM (18.30h). The dinner will start at 7 PM (19.00h). Find the restaurant of your choice (ticket) and wait to be seated by the staff. You will share tables with other guests. Except for some dancing outside the terrace on the streets, you are not allowed to leave your seat to enter the main concert area. In most instances, there is no direct view to the stage; you can follow the concert from your seat on the big screens located around the square. The concert starts at 9 PM (21.00 h) sharp.Due to the disturbing noise, the servicing of drinks or food is not allowed during the concerts. So, please order your drinks prior to the start of the concert or wait until the intermission in order to do so. Do not talk loudly to your friends during the concert.In case of rain, light or considered normal, you will be protected by big umbrellas/ parasols, placed throughout the terraces. Since summer weather is rather unpredictable in the Netherlands, be prepared and dress accordingly. If at all possible, check the weather forecast prior to the concert and you may wish to bring a light jacket, sweater or a poncho. Individual umbrellas are not permitted.
Carnival song: Maastricht is niet breed
Refrain (in dialect):Mestreech is neet breid, meh Mestreech dat is laank.Mestreech is de stad vaan de gezèlle vaan de zaank.Niks is te lestig en niks is te zwoer, want vruntsjap dat is noe zjus de krach vaan 't koer.For more information about this song, click HERE (Sonja’s dormant translations website)
HOTELS / BED & BREAKFAST ADDRESSESAccommodations, Where to stay???Accommodations are very quickly fully booked during the Maastricht concerts in July. A great web site is www.booking.com. Please be sure to book an accomodation with a last minute cancellation policy.We can also recommend the Maastricht Tourist Information (VVV). You can book accommodation through their website: www.vvvmaastricht.nl . The site is in Dutch (NL), English (EN), French (FR) and German (DE) or: - mail them on email@example.com, or:- call them at +31 (0)43 325 21 21. Please be aware of any time difference: Notice our world time clocks at the left side of this page.Booking desk of the Tourist Office is open Mo-Fri: 9AM - 6PM, Sat: 9AM - 5PM and from May to Oct. also on Sun: 11AM - 3PM.Another good website is: http://www.hotels.nl/maastricht/You may also try B&Bs and AirB&Bs.
TRAVEL PACKAGES VIA ANDRE’s WEBSITE.Click on http://www.andrerieu.com/en/travel to find the possibilities to book an André Rieu travel package. He is also on Facebook with André Rieu Travel!!
How to park your car in Maastricht.For those coming by automobile and are looking to park their car:Everywhere in the Netherlands, especially inside the cities, it is difficult to park your car. Even more so in narrow medieval cities, like Maastricht.Most parking lots in the city center of Maastricht have the same price: € 1 per 22 minutes or € 25.-- per (24 hours) day/night. The parking garage under the Vrijthof square is the most expensive: € 35.-- per 24 hours.It is so expensive because the municipality tries to discourage the traffic in the city center.Parking outside the city center is cheaper. There is a big parking lot at the Cabergerweg (named Belvédère), where you can park your car for about € 9,-- per day. Walking time to the Vrijthof is approximately 15 minutes. Other possibility is to park underneath the Kennedy Bridge, which is called parking lot Stadspark I and Stadspark II. Also walking time to the Vrijthof is appr. 10 minutes. On the St. Peter's mountain, next to Fort St. Pieter and the entrance to Chalet Bergrust and the caves of Grotten Noord, is free parking, but it will take you a good 30 minutes' walk to the Vrijthof!
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From: Artists News. Date: September 2017.MAASTRICHT 2018. A really interesting and informative article that you may find useful for your exciting trip to MAASTRICHT next year.ANDRE RIEU: CONCERTS AT THE VRIJTHOF : IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND USEFUL TIPS!André Rieu traditionally performs a series of open-air concerts every summer at the Vrijthof in Maastricht. Are you going to André Rieu concert? Make sure you are well prepared. The editors of ARTISTS NEWS have put together all the important information and useful tips for you.Accessibility André Rieu concertsThe Vrijthof in Maastricht can be reached by foot as well as by car and public transportation.By carIf you are going to the Vrijthof in Maastricht by car, we recommend you to plan your route in advance. Via the route planner on the ANWB (Dutch travel club) website, you can easily plan and print the route from your residence to the Vrijthof. As destination, you can enter 'Vrijthof' followed by a random (low) house number, or the postal code '6211 LD'. TIP : On this website you will see the three major traffic routes of Maastricht, with the corresponding travel times.ParkingIn the vicinity of the Vrijthof are a wide range of (paid) parking spaces. Parking garage Q (OLV parking) is the closest parking option. With this parking garage you can depart 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Due to the huge hustle and bustle around the Vrijthof, it is possible that this parking garage might be full. You can view the occupancy of the Q-Park garage on their website in advance. If you cannot find a parking place at the Q Park, you may often be able to park in one of the 4 Park & Walk car parking facilities in the city. These parking facilities are located at the Kennedy Bridge (Stadspark I and II), the Noorderbrug, the Cabergerweg (Belvedere) and the Central Station. From these parking facilities you can travel to the Vrijthof on foot or via public transportation.TIP: See a current overview of the occupancy of all parking facilities in Maastricht, at the picture above.Public transportThe Vrijthof in Maastricht can easily be reached via public transport. Many trains go to Maastricht. When you arrive by train at the Maastricht Station, you are immediately on the edge of the city center. From the station you can continue on further in different manners. However, by the ‘Concert ending’ time (around midnight), most all of the last trains will have left. Check the times for public transportation.The busThe bus will take you to the center of Maastricht within 5 minutes. The nearest bus stop for the concert location is called: Helmstraat Bus stop. This bus stop is located on the café side of the Vrijthof. Bus lines 3, 4, 10 and 34 (Veolia) arrive and depart from this bus stop. During concert days buses are diverted. Closest bus stop is then Market Place. On FootOn foot you walk within 20 minutes through the authentic district of Wyck across the St. Servaas Bridge to the Old Town center.CabThe taxi stands are directly in front of the station. Due to the hustle and bustle, we advise to book a taxi in advance. Your hotel reception may be helpful.OV Chip CardWith the OV chip card you travel easily on all Dutch modes of transportation. If you do not have an OV chip card, you can also buy a trip card or a day ticket in Maastricht from the bus driver. Paper tickets are still available for sale for Veolia's bus and for the trains in the NS and Veolia vending machines.Inclement weather during the concertAndré Rieu's concerts will continue during inclement weather. When it rains during the concert, you'll receive a rain poncho from the Andre’s Team, so that you may sit dry. Umbrellas are not allowed during the concerts. The reason for this is that umbrellas can impede the view of other people. Keep this in mind and, in case of inclement weather, ensure to bring appropriate (warm) rainwear. In case of severe weather (foul weather) the concert may be moved to another venue. In this case, the alternative location is determined by André Rieu Productions BV. If the concert is moved, you will only hear that on the day of the concert itself, no later than 12 noon. Have a look on André's official website on the day of the concert for the current information.SeatsAt André Rieu's concerts there are no ‘free seat’ selections. Every guest has his/her own seat number. Your row and seat number can be found on your ticket. On-site ‘Piccolos’(Stewards) are available to assist you to the right chair.Walker/wheelchairDo you use a walker or wheelchair? At the concert you may use these to go to your seat. Due to the limited space, wheelchairs and walkers are placed along the side of the square. Piccolos (Stewards) are available to assist you.TIP: A colored ribbon around the handle/bar of your wheelchair or walker can be helpful finding it after the concert.OvernightDo you live far away from Maastricht? Then it might be a good idea to stay overnight near the Vrijthof. During the day you can enjoy shopping and sightseeing in Maastricht. In the evening you will visit the concert and afterwards you do not have to make a tiresome journey. Below are a number of possibilities:HotelWould you like to stay in a hotel after the concert? Have a look at this website (www.hotels.nl) for an overview of the available hotels near the Vrijthof in Maastricht.Check your ticketsThoroughly check your tickets well before going to André Rieu's concert. See if the barcode is correct on the ticket and if all tickets have a unique serial number (serial number is below the barcode). If you have an e-ticket, you do not have to print the ticket in color. Black and white is sufficient.Check in advance which entrance you should enter through. The ‘entries’ are indicated by letters. These can be found on your (e)ticket.Taking picturesWould you like to take pictures during André Rieu's concerts? Luckily taking photos is allowed, preferably with compact cameras. Be aware that iPADS/tablets may obstruct the view of people behind you.TIP: Charge your camera battery prior to the concert. Follow André Rieu NewsSeveral days prior to Andre Rieu's concerts, follow the current news regarding the concerts. This way you are aware of the latest developments and you are well prepared for a wonderful evening! Thoroughly enjoy!Of course, do not forget to thoroughly enjoy André Rieu's concert! The outdoor concerts on the Vrijthof are very special and impressive for young and old. This great Concert Master guarantees a great spectacle every year! Do you still have any questions?These are the most common questions:Question: Do the buses still run after the concert? Answer: For the current travel options, confer local time tablesQuestion: Can you bring drinks on the premises? Answer: You may buy consumables at the Vrijthof. Taking your own food or drink is not recommended, but you can always try it.Question: I have an Olympus SLR camera with telephoto-lens 70-300mm, so that I can take pictures during the concert, or would this be classified as a professional camera? I only want to create photos for personal use.Answer: We advise you not to bring a camera with a removable lens. A small compact camera is allowed.Question: We have received someone else's tickets. They are in the name of someone else. Is that a problem? Answer: This is not a problem. You can use these tickets, providing you are the only one using the tickets. The barcode can only be scanned once.Question: Is there a break? Answer: There is a break (Approximately one hour after the start of the concert).Question: Are there toilets present? Answer: Of course. (But very busy during the intermission)